Experience the beauty of Makhanda through the interplay of poetry and imagery ‘in tandem’ with renowned local artists Harry Owen and Roddy Fox. In Tandem is two virtual poems from the Eastern Cape – Aorta, written by Harry Owen, has its world premiere at vNAF2020; Bots Aloes, by Gillian Rennie, was published in Coming Home: poems of the Grahamstown diaspora edited by Harry Owen and published in 2019 by the Poets Printery, East London. Both poems are read by Harry as a voice-over to a sequence of landscape images by Roddy Fox. Birdsong and ambient sounds provide aural texture to the readings. The text of each poem, overlain on the imagery, concludes the readings. While you may not physically be in Makhanda for the National Arts Festival, allow the beauty of its imagery to virtually transport you there.
Concept: Roddy Fox
Narrator: Harry Owen
Video Editor: Roddy Fox
Poems: Harry Owen and Gillian Rennie
Imagery and Background Sound: Roddy Fox
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Roddy Fox is a self taught photographer whose first camera, a Zeiss Ikon, was bought in 1974 from a second hand dealer in Glasgow. Since taking early retirement from Rhodes University in 2017 he has pursued his passion for landscape photography and has had four solo exhibitions on the Fringe at the National Arts Festival. 2018’s highlight was winning the WESSA Heritage Day Photo Competition with the nature photograph ‘Oldenburgia’. He’s featured in travel magazines, on-line publications, social and print news media. His first photo-book Symmetry in Nature came out in 2015 and in 2020 this was followed up by Grahamstown 1820-2020: A Heritage PhotoBook that is launched in his exhibition gallery at vNAF2020. He has collaborated with Harry Owen designing the book covers for The Cull (2017) and Coming Home: poems of the Grahamstown diaspora’ (2019). He also designed and manages the website for Harry’s Owen’s international anthology For Rhino in a Shrinking World. His work is available either as print on demand or for download from his online store roddythefox.co.za.
Originally from Liverpool, Harry Owen moved to South Africa from UK in 2008, where he had been the inaugural Poet Laureate for Cheshire in 2003. Outspoken in his commitment to the natural world and a passionate advocate of poetry, he is the author of eight collections, the most recent being Small Stones for Bromley (Lapwing Publications, Belfast, 2014); The Cull: new and resurrected poems (Poets Printery, East London, 2017); and All Weathers (theInkSword, Grahamstown, 2019). He has edited three anthologies – I Write Who I Am: an anthology of Upstart poetry (2011); For Rhino in a Shrinking World: an international anthology (2013); and Coming Home: poems of the Grahamstown diaspora (2019). Harry hosts the popular monthly open floor event called Reddits Poetry in Grahamstown, where he lives.